Tagged: Public Health

NEWS: Russia: Alcohol Deaths Decline Due To Warm Winter

Russia is attributing the sharp decline in alcohol deaths due to the unseasonably warm winter. Deaths from alcohol poisoning in January 2020 was down by 37.3% from January 2019 in Russia according to Russia’s National Center for Alcohol Policy Development…

NEWS: Scotland: Diageo Workers Request Halt of Operations

Safety concerns at Diageo production sites and heightened levels of stress have led the worker’s union to call for a stop of production at all bottling and distilling sites across Scotland. The worker’s union Unite has written a letter to the senior management requesting to halt productions. This was requested as stress and anxiety levels of workers are heightened due to the pandemic…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Commits To Only Selling Alcohol-Free During COVID-19 Crisis*

The ten largest alcoholic beverages companies in the world have announced their collective decision to halt all retail and promotions of alcoholic products and instead only sell alcohol-free beverages, for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis…

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NEWS: Virtual Tools, Real Help: Staying Sober During Pandemic

As physical meetings for individual counseling and mutual support groups have become impossible during the COVID-19 physical distancing and social solidarity measures, virtual tools are providing real help for people in recovery from substance use disorders, struggling to maintain their sobriety, or for people choosing to quit or reduce their alcohol use…

NEWS: Mindful Sobriety Is Booming

“Mindful Sobriety” is the new health and wellbeing trend, driven by millennials. The concept is simple, combining mindfulness with sobriety to question the relationship with alcohol and ask whether alcohol is really necessary.
Millennials who are more health and wellbeing conscious have been driving the sober or alcohol-free way of life around the world. The trend has been picking up and is becoming increasingly popular…

NEWS: Africa: Big Alcohol Making Inroads

In Africa Big Alcohol is making inroads with their efforts to convert alcohol abstainers to consumers, specifically targeting the middle class and youth. The World Health Organization is alarmed.
Alcohol use and related problems, including addiction, is spreading fast in Africa – driven by multinational alcohol industry giants in pursuit of profits. The situation has gotten worse over the years due to accelerating urbanization and economic development leading to bigger disposable incomes of people…

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NEWS: WHO: Alcohol Use NOT a COVID-19 Coping Tool

The World Health Organization (WHO) while discussing coping mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic, has asked people to not use alcohol and other harmful substances to cope with the crisis. Instead they suggest activities which are promoting mental and physical health to support ourselves and loved ones during this time…

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NEWS: Estonia-Latvia: Border Controls Halt Alcohol Tourism

The reintroduction of border controls between Estonia and Latvia due to the COVID-19 pandemic has halted alcohol tourism.
After border controls were introduced to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the number of Estonians crossing the border to neighboring Latvia to purchase alcohol has declined significantly…

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NEWS: How COVID-19 Affects Alcohol, Advertising Industries

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across countries. As of now, the virus has spread to 198 countries and territories and has caused a total of 488,345 infections worldwide. The pandemic has affected many industries around the world.
This article investigates how the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are affecting the alcohol and the advertising industries. This articel is as well as illustrating some troubling emerging trends…

PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Major alcohol producers have announced their commitment to helping fight the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Alcohol producers are shifting production to make hand sanitizers.
While this is welcome, there are several reasons for caution and concern.
In this statement of concern, Movendi International addresses three aspects that show worrying developments. We also make three calls for urgent action to mitigate alcohol harm during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Movendi International is gravely concerned about free PR and extensive media coverage of a health harmful industry; we are worried about preferential treatment of alcohol producers by regulators that might foment alcohol harm; and we are seriously concerned about the deregulation and weakening alcohol policy protections.
In response, Movendi International makes a call to action on three issues…